Interesting Books (100+ Reviews)

In addition to the "essential" development studies books, some other interesting books include (organized chronologically):


Growing up in New Guinea (1930) Mead


Black Skin, While Masks (1952) Fanon


The Fire Next Time (1962) Baldwin

State and Land in Ethiopian History (1966) Pankhurst

The Liberation of Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde (1969) Davidson 


Xala (1974) Ousmane

Resistance and Decolonization (1977) Cabral

I Write What I Like (1978) Steve Biko


Tanzania: A Political Economy (1982) Coulson

Stranglehold on Africa (1983) Dumont and Mottin

Rural Vulnerability fo Famine in Ethiopia (1986) Wolde Mariam

Introducing Liberation Theology (1986) Boff and Boff

Adjustment with a Human Face (1987) Cornia, Jolly and Steward


Domination and The Arts of Resistance (1990) Scott

How Can Man Die Better (1990) Pogrund

A History of Modern Ethiopia (1991) Bahru Zewde

From Dictatorship to Democracy (1993) Sharp

Fictions of Feminist Ethnography (1994) Visweswaran

People of the Plow (1995) McCann

Civil Society: Challenging Western Models (1996) Hann & Dunn

Slaves into Workers (1996) Sikainga

The Lie of the Land (1996) Leach and Mearns

The Art of the Impossible (1997) Havel

Capitalism in the Age of Globalization (1997) Amin

The Power of Babel (1998) Mazrui and Mazrui

Civil Society and the Aid Industry (1998) Van Rooy

Envisioning Power (1999) Wolf

Men in the Sun (1999) Kanafani

Civil Wars in Africa (1999) Ali and Matthews


Empire (2000) Hardt and Negri

World-systems Analysis (2004) Wallerstein

The Liberal Virus (2004) Amin

The World Bank and Struggles for Social Justice in the Age of Globalization (2005) Goldman

Polio: An American Story (2005) Oshinsky

The Collapse of Globalism (2005) Saul

How Trade Can Promote Development (2005) Stiglitz and Charlton

Medical Apartheid (2006) Washington

The Siege of Mecca (2007) Trofimov

Hunting Causes and Using Them (2007) Cartwright

Decent into Chaos (2008) Rashid

Indigenous Methodologies (2009) Kovach

Field Notes on Democracy (2009) Roy

Indigenous Pathways of Action and Freedom (2009) Taiaiake

An African Renaissance (2009) Ngugi wa Thiong'o

Life After Violence: A People's Story of Burundi (2009) Uvin


The Politics of Military and Humanitarian Interventions (2010) Fassin & Pandolfi

Citizen Action and National Policy Reform (2010) Gaventa & McGee

Adventures in Aidland (2011) Mosse (Ed)

Why Civil Resistance Works (2011) Chenoweth and Stephan

Dancing in the Glory of Monsters (2011) Stearns

Yemen and the Politics of Permanent Crisis (2011) Phillips

Labor and Legality (2011) Gomberg-Munoz

Pox: An American History (2011) Willrich

How Migration Shaped Our World and Will Define Our Future (2011) Goldin, Cameron and Balarajan

Seasonality, Rural Livelihoods and Development (2012) Devereux, Sabates-Wheeler and Longhurst

Interventions (2012) Kofi Annan

Re-defining Food Security for the 21st Century (2012) Gibson

Q-Squared (2013) Shaffer

Global Social Policy in the Making (2013) Deacon

The Battle for Afghanistan (2013) Dalrymple

Thomas Sankara (2014) Harsch

Toxic Aid (2014) Edwards

Organizing Women Workers in the Informal Economy (2013) Kabeer, Sudarshan and Milward

American, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes (2014) Gopal

The Quest for Socialist Utopia (2014) Bahru

American Slavery & Capitalism (2014) Baptist

Capitalism vs the Climate (2014) Klein (and How Change Happens)

Anatomy of Giving (2015) Dwyer

Team of Teams (2015) McChrystal

Blueprint for Revolution (2015) Popovic

There is No Such Thing as a Free Gift (2015) McGoey

Blinded by Humanity (2015) Barber

Human Rights and the Food Sovereignty Movement (2015) Claeys

Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few (2015) Reich

Sustainable Livelihoods and Rural Development (2015) Scoones

Between the World and Me (2015) Coates

Originals: How Non-conformists Move the World (2016) Grant

Two Arabs, A Berber and a Jew (2016) Rosen

Ebola: How a People's Science Helped End an Epidemic (2016) Richards

Lessons Learned from Canada's War in Afghanistan (2016) Saideman

Poverty and the Millennium Development Goals (2016) Cimadamore, Koehler and Pogge

How Philanthropy Fails to Alleviate Poverty (2016) Kohl-Arenas

Innovation and its Enemies (2016) Juma

The World's Emergency Room (2016) VanRooyen

Who Really Feeds the World? (2016) Shiva

Rules for Revolutionaries (2016) Bond and Exley

The Self-Help Myth (2016) Kohl-Arenas

The Politics of Development in Morocco (2017) Bergh

How One Small Town Banned Pesticides (2017) Ackerman-Leist

The Development Dance (2017) Swedlund

Why Don't the Poor Rise Up? (2017) Truscello and Nangwaya

Drawdown (2017) Hawken

Against Colonization and Rural Resistance (2017) Kapoor

A Socialist Peace? (2017) McGovern

The Untold Story of a Medical Disaster in Colonial Africa (2017) Lachenal

War in 140 Characters (2017) Patrikarakos

Collapse of a Country (2017) Coghlan

Revolution and Authoritarianism in North Africa (2017) Volpi

Making Sense of the Syrian Revolution (2017) Saleh

No Is Not Enough (2017) Klein

Children and Environmental Toxins (2018) Landriagan and Landriagan

Navigation by Judgment (2018) Honig

The Tyranny of Metrics (2018) Muller

How Democracies Die (2018) Levitsky and Ziblatt

Mass Starvation (2018) De Waal

Who Are You and Why Are You Here? (2018) Claessens

Participatory Development Practice (2018) Kelly and Westoby

Factfulness (2018) Rosling

The Lies that Bind (2018) Appiah

Getting to Zero (2018) Walsh and Johnson

Secular Translations (2018) Asad

Cooking Data (2018) Biruk

Food Aid in Sudan (2018) Jaspars

Knowledge and Global Power (2019) Collyer, Connell, Maia and Morrell

People, Power, and Profits (2019) Stiglitz

Measuring What Counts (2019) Stiglitz, Fitoussi and Durand

Globalisation and Seed Sovereignty (2019) Walshe

Evaluation Landscape in Africa (2019) Mapitsa, Tirivanhu and Pophiwa


Who Owns the Problem? (2020) Adesanmi

Toxic Aid: A Tanzanian Study
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